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Why can "bubo" ("owl") be feminine or masculine?

Why the occurrence of "bubo" in the Virgilius text is an hapax? This text is the only one listed in Lewis & Short with "bubo" being feminine. Usually, it's a masculine noun. So, it is an hapax. ...

genus vergilius hapax  
asked by Quidam 8 votes
answered by Draconis 11 votes

When/where was <FH> used for /f/?

It's generally accepted that the oldest Latin inscription is on the Praenestine Fibula: MANIOS MED FHE FHAKED NUMASIOI The verb here seems to be an old reduplicated perfect of faciō, equivalent ...

orthography spelling inscription old-latin  
asked by Draconis 6 votes
answered by TKR 4 votes

Looking for a reference in Greek

I am afraid I might be off topic here, but I do not know whom to ask otherwise. I have come across the following sentence: ᾽Αεί τι βούλου χρήσιμον προσμανϑάνειν. I found it on the cover of a ...

greek translation-check greek-translation  
asked by Romeo 6 votes
answered by TKR 11 votes

Origin of the Latin Language?

Latin is an Italic language which originated in the Italian peninsula, and was originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome located along the Mediterranean Sea. Similar to most European languages, ...

history proto-indo-european etruscan  
asked by Quidam 6 votes
answered by Draconis 11 votes

"Habere" VS dative and genitive of possession?

To mean something that is not owned legally, not owned with the meaning of "being the owner", like when I say "We have a pope", could I use "habere" or only the dative or genitive of possession? Is ...

grammar-choice genetivus dativus  
asked by Quidam 6 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 4 votes

Dagger Sign in Diogenes dictionary

Can somebody explain what does this Dagger Sign mean in Diogenes presenting dictionary entries from perseus word study tool?

asked by Роман Коптев 6 votes
answered by Роман Коптев 2 votes

Does Latin have any Portmanteau words?

English has many examples of portmanteau words (e.g. "motel" is a combination of "motor" and "hotel"). Does Latin have any such phenomena?

asked by Eli Seamans 5 votes
answered by Adam -1 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What does memento mori actually mean?

I'm wondering what memento mori actually means. From Wikipedia, I see the meaning is "you must die" but that makes it sound like a threat. Legend said that one of the war prisoner use the word for ...

meaning definitions  
asked by geomars 11 votes
answered by Pavel V. 18 votes

Does this sentence I constructed with my junior high school latin work? I write online advertising and want to come off as snobby as possible

Essentially, I want to say something like: "If you read this, your will will be mine". (In a teasing way like, Who Reads This Is Stupid). I 'distilled' it as much as possible to "reader beware: your ...

vocabulary english-to-latin-translation sentence-translation  
asked by anne95nl 3 votes
answered by Draconis 8 votes

Is my interpretation of "Ad Astra per Aspera" correct?

I came across the phrase ad astra per aspera — "to the stars through difficulties." I think I know what it means, but my interpretation appears to be at odds with others. For example: The ...

idiom meaning latin-to-english-translation  
asked by faustus 7 votes
answered by Sam K 3 votes

Why does "ut" mean such different things when it has a subjunctive verb vs. an indicative one?

We all know that ut, when paired with a subjunctive, is translated as "in order to" (purpose), "to" (indirect command), and, with some words, "that" (result/fear). However, ut with an indicative ...

classical-latin meaning conjunction ut  
asked by Nic Hartley 12 votes
answered by Joel Derfner 7 votes

How do you write dates in Latin?

I have read a little about the history of the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Julius Caesar introduced the twelve-month Julian calendar in 46 BC, and Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian ...

phrase-request time calendarium  
asked by ktm5124 18 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 21 votes

Why are the words for "children" (liberi) and "book" (libri) so similar?

While working in class, I came across this. They have a similar spelling, yet mean completely different things. Is this just random or does it have an actual purpose in the Latin language? Book = ...

classical-latin vocabulary etymologia word-comparison  
asked by Tmanzz122 17 votes
answered by Nathaniel is protesting 19 votes

Why did Roman children call their father 'tata' instead of 'pappa'?

I was reading a text from Hans H. Øberg, and I saw in the text the following sentences: Noli dicere 'tatam' et 'mammam', Iuliola! Ea nomina a te audire nolumus. Ita loquuntur parvuli infantes, ...

classical-latin roman-culture  
asked by L. Peters 11 votes
answered by C. M. Weimer 7 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Gone But Not Forgotten

On the Andrew Marr TV-prog (Sunday, 10/11/2019) General Sir Nicholas Carter was interviewed. When Marr asked about the declining interest in Remembrance-Day Commemorations, the general quoted ...

translation passive deponent-verbs  
asked by tony 2 votes
answered by Nickimite 0 votes

How do you search through one work in TLG?

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) is a popular research tool for working on Greek texts. (Unfortunately, it's a "freemium" model, so you need to pay for full access or get it through a research ...

greek research  
asked by brianpck 3 votes

Can a "dative of agent" appear in an Ablative Absolute construction?

I was wondering to what extent the syntactic distribution of so-called “dative of agent” and that of “ablative of agent” is different. For example, besides appearing in verbal contexts (e.g., Proelium ...

syntax ablativus dativus gerundivum ablativus-absolutus  
asked by Mitomino 3 votes
answered by Kingshorsey 0 votes
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